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A Gentleman in Moscow
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Okay for Now
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If You Come Softly
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Jacqueline Woodson could single handedly fill the shelves of my classroom lending library. If You come Softly is a sweet love story that embraces race, socio-economic status, stereotypes, and family relations. Set in Brooklyn, Miah and E...



Welcome to NEATE!

2018 Fall Conferece

Speak Up! Finding and Using Our Voices in a Noisy World

October 19th and 20th, at the Holiday Inn, Mansfield, Massachusetts

Registration is now open!

NOTE: Online registration is now closed, but there's still room at the conference! Please come to the conference with your paprwork and payment. 

Click here to access the conference program.

Friday Keynote: Tom Newkirk 

"Becoming the Teacher We Want to Be:  Three Battles Worth Fighting."

Tom Newkirk began his teaching career at Boston Trade High School in Boston. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, he joined the faculty of the University of New Hampshire where he taught until his retirement in 2015. He has written on literacy at all levels, and in 2000 was awarded the David Russell Award for Research from the National Council of Teacher of English. His most recent books are: Minds Made for Stories (Heinemann) and (embarrassment): And the Emotional Underlife of Learning (Heinemann). At UNH he founded and directed  the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, now in its 38th year. He currently serves as Chair of the local school board.

Saturday Keynote: Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. 

She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo has been a featured performer on PBS, B.E.T. and has also delivered several TED Talks. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo.

Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, The Notre Dame Review, and others. Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's Workshop. She is the author of the chapbook, Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths (YesYes Books, 2016)  and her debut novel, The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018).

Congratulations to the Winners

of the 2018 NEATE Writing Contest for Students

High School

Poetry: Mary Ahlstrom, grade 11 of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, MA, for “Summer Mood.”

Sponsoring teacher: Karin Kayser

Fiction:  Brenna Washburn, grade 12 of Wachusett Regional High School, MA for “Wallace and Sorrel.”

Sponsoring teacher: Chris Tarmey

Nonfiction: Andrew Kendrick, grade 12 of Notre Dame High School, CT for “Eating plums on the stoop.”

Sponsoring teacher: Lucy Abbott

Middle School

Poetry: Hannah Flückiger, grade 8 of King Philip Middle School, CT for “The First Day.”

Sponsoring teacher: Jessica Kerelejza

Fiction: Gabby Verno , grade 8 of Oyster River Middle School, NH for “The Teddy Bear.”

Sponsoring teacher: Linda Rief

Nonfiction: Nora Holmes, grade 8 of King Philip Middle School, CT for her personal narrative.

Sponsoring teacher: Jessica Kerelejza

You can read these wonderful pieces in the Spring 2018 edition of NEATE’s journal, The Leaflet.

Thank you to everyone who submitted and who sponsored a student writer!



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